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The Colonization of Puerto Rico & The History of African-Americans:
Same Struggle, Same Fight
and the Imperative to Free Oscar López Rivera
. Jose López, Ex. Dir. Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Chicago IL.,
brother of political prisoner, 70-year-old Oscar  López Rivera
. Dr. Cornel West, America’s most renowned public intellectual,
author of over 20 books and activist
. Dr. Samuel Cruz, sociologist of religion, race, Latino studies,
sexuality and gender, Senior Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church.

Cornel West and Samuel Cruz are joined by Jose López to continue the groundbreaking ‘Common Ground and Common Hope: Black & Latino Dialogue’ of 2012 and in the aftermath of their historic trip to Puerto Rico discuss the impact of their recent talks and  connect many of the most pressing moral, spiritual and political issues raised to the ongoing struggle to liberate Oscar López Rivera, a Puerto Rican political prisoner who has been incarcerated for over 32 years.  They draw on Dr. King’s ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail’ written in April 1963, where he defends the strategy of nonviolent resistance to racism, arguing that people have a moral responsibility to break unjust laws.  Oscar  López Rivera has been imprisoned since 1981 for seditious conspiracy, directly related to his commitment to the independence of Puerto Rico.  He was not accused of causing harm or taking a life.  He is the longest-held political prisoner in the history of Puerto Rico and Latin America, and among the longest-held political prisoners in the US. He is a caring community organizer; a creative, self-taught artist; a voracious reader; and a  brilliant thinker whose imprisonment constitutes an ongoing human rights violation.

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  •  This injustice must end (0+ / 0-)

    Plenty of useful information in Wikipedia about Oscar Lopez Rivera.  I had heard about the story back in the 80 and forgotten about it.  The treatment of the FALN prisoners makes me sick as does the length of their sentences, medieval if you ask me.

    There were reports of human rights violations against the FALN prisoners.[12][22] The prisoners were placed in prisons far from their families, some were sexually assaulted by prison personnel, some were denied adequate medical attention, and others were kept in isolated underground prison cells for no reason.
    The Lopez Rivera case reminds me of the Leonard Peltier case.

    I lived in Puerto Rico in the 70s and married a Puerto Rican girl (long story).  Yes, there were independentistas and pro-statehood but the commonwealth people prevailed.  The 70s were crazy years.  I had been exposed to Marxist urban guerrilla movements elsewhere (another long story).  But it is another era long ago.  His continuing imprisonment with so many questions about the judicial process reflect awfully on America.

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    by Shockwave on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 06:06:15 PM PDT

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